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Bard on the Beach comes to YVR

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble! YVR is celebrating an iconic summer event by displaying costume art from Bard on the Beach. 

Garments featured as part of previous Bard on the Beach seasons will be on display at the airport throughout Bard’s 2012 season, ending September 22, to highlight the intricate yet functional design required for Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare company.  


Located near Gate 50 in Domestic Departures is a ball gown designed by Mara Gottler for the 2011 Bard on the Beach presentation of the Merchant of Venice, set in Italy during the reunification period of 1886.  Made entirely of silk, including the petticoat and lining, the dress was custom made for the actress and took 200 hours and three people to create. The flowers on the dress are made of plastic and could not be dry cleaned so were removed prior to each cleaning and sewn back on afterwards for every week of the 17-week run. 

Near Gate 43, also in Domestic Departures, is a wedding undergarment, also designed by Gottler, created for the 2010 presentation of Much Ado About Nothing.  The corset was custom made in the style of the Edwardian era and using Edwardian lace, and is back fastened with a ribbon woven through 48 eyelets.  

Vancouver Airport Authority is proud to be the costume sponsor of the 2012 season of Bard on the Beach, which features The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor and King John. For more information, visit

If you’re a Bard fan, be sure to check out the Live@YVR Facebook page for details on how you could win 2 tickets to Bard on the Beach! 

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1 Comment

  • Bard on the Beach wrote on Aug 01 2012 AT 11:12 AM

    Have you ever been to a Bard production and thought “wow, those costumes are gorgeous…do they rent them”?
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